My social networks, email and ohh, everything are just buzzing with talk of a new, national homeschooling association! I have to say they've done a great job, PR-wise, on getting the word out.
It's headed by some J. Allen Weston, who has practically zero internet history. So either he's known by his first name and just decided to use his middle name for the business, or there's something going on there.
That's the first thing.
Next, I decided to take a peek at the place and see what they're about. Yeah, yeah, lots of exciting talk about helping homeschoolers, national center, massive discounts with the free membership and bla bla bla. But get this: they want to "certify" homeschool teachers. (Just buy these five DVDs.) They also want member families to be "able to earn money by marketing products of HLF affiliated companies such as the Homeland Preservation Supply Depot and Natures Favorite Foods." Article.
This is just the kind of crap I want to get away from by homeschooling! If I wanted a certified teacher, I could enroll my daughter tomorrow. And fundraising? Who really wants to do that? Bah.
It does show that maybe there's a lot of money to be made from insecure homeschoolers today.